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The Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a Zoo keeper.

Keeper and seal

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and hands-on experience through practical experience within the zoo.

Course Structure

Course Dates

Applications open

Applications close

Evening class one night a week (Wednesday or Thursday)


Starting 27 June 2018 – 13 Dec 2018


5pm 1st March 2018 



5pm 30th March 2018



Evening class one night a week (Wednesday or Thursday)

January 2019 – July 2019

5pm 3rd September 2018

5pm 1st October 2018

Course Information
  • Duration: This course runs for 6 months. There are two intakes each year with the course running from January to July and June to December annually.
  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of weekly in-class study and 6 x on site days at Taronga Zoo.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week from 4.00pm to 8.00pm (Wednesday or Thursday evening). Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to nominate their preferred day of attendance - once allocated, students are expected to attend all classes and onsite practical dates on the specified day.
  • Study Load: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course encompasses 12 units of competency. In addition to class and practical requirements, you will be required to conduct independent study in your own time.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.        
Course Entry Requirements
  • Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age on commencement of the course.
  • Students must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • Students must attend all practical days.
  • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
  • Students should have a reasonable level of health and fitness in order to fully participate in the course.
  • Students should demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
Core units

ACMOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS202A Participate in Workplace Communications

ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals

ACMGAS205A Assist in the health care of animals

ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 

Elective units

ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMGAS210A Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic animal care

ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals, products and services

Note: All 12 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Course Dates

Please find course dates for the mid-year intake for 2018 only.

Type Wednesday Thursday Time
Orientation- Onsite Day 27th June 2018 27th June 2018 10am-4pm
Class 4th July 2018 5th July 2018 4-8pm
Class 11th July 2018 12th July 2018 4-8pm
Onsite Day 18th July 2018 19th July 2018 6.30am-4.30pm
Class 25th July 2018 26th July 2018 4-8pm
Class 1st August 2018 2nd August 2018 4-8pm
Class 8th August 2018 9th August 2018 4-8pm
Class 15th August 2018 16th August 2018 4-8pm
Class 22nd August 2018 23rd August 2018 4-8pm
Onsite Day 29th August 2018 30th August 2018 6.30am-4.30pm
Class 5th September 2018 6th September 2018 4-8pm
Class 12th September 2018 13th September 2018 4-8pm
Class 19th September 2018 20th September 2018 4-8pm
Class 26th September 2018 27th September 2018 4-8pm
Class 3rd October 2018 4th October 2018 4-8pm
Onsite Day 10th October 2018 11th October 2018 6.30am-4.30pm
Class 17th October 2018 18th October 2018 4-8pm
Class 24th October 2018 25th October 2018 4-8pm
Class 31st October 2018 1st November 2018 4-8pm
Class 7th November 2018 8th November 2018 4-8pm
Class 14th November 2018 15th November 2018 4-8pm
Onsite Day 21st November 2018 22nd November 2018 6.30am-4.30pm
Class 28th November 2018 29th November 2018 4-8pm
Onsite Day 5th Decemeber 2018 6th December 2018 10am-4pm
Class 12th December 2018 13th December 2018 4-8pm


Please note that enrolments for the course commencing Jan 2018 are closed.

Course dates for 2019 will be released in June 2018.

Orientation: An all-day orientation will be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018 for both Wednesday & Thursday Class.

Class Days: Class for all students begins the week after Orientation on their assigned day of Wednesday 4th July or Thursday 5th July 2018. Class is held from 4.00-8.00pm. Class is held weekly until the end of the course on either Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th December 2018. The only exception is during practical days; dates and times are listed below. 

Practical Days: Practical days are an essential course requirement. Students are required to complete practical days on site at Taronga Zoo Sydney. These will be arranged for Students by the Taronga Training Institute. Students will be required to attend during regular keeper hours, starting as early as 6.30am and finishing by 4.30pm. Please note: The practical days will be available on set dates only and cannot be rescheduled. It will be essential for students to attend on the specified dates to meet the course requirements - please give this careful consideration before lodging your application.

Orientation: Wednesday 27th June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm

Prac Day One: Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th July 2018 from 6.30am - 4.30pm

Prac Day Two: Wednesday 29th or Thursday 30th August 2018 from 6.30am – 4.30pm

Prac Day Three: Wednesday 10th or Thursday 11th October 2018 from 6.30am – 4.30pm

Prac Day Four: Wednesday 21st or Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 6.30am – 4.30pm

Presentations Day: Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th December 2018 from 10.00am-4.00pm


Successful completion of ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as a dog clipper/groomer, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, animal attendant. In addition, further study options are available, including:

  • Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);
  • Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and
  • Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)

Please note TTI only offers the Certificate III Captive Animals. The other qualifications can be completed at other RTO’s:


Course cost includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled^). Smart and Skilled funding MAY be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

  • First Qualification* - $1,120.00
  • Second Qualification* - $1,340.00
  • Concession* - $160.00
  • Full Course Value (Without Smart & Skilled Subsidy) - $3,740.00

^Smart and Skilled pricing as from November 2017. Please note these figures may differ for incoming/future intakes

*The Taronga Training Institute may have a limited number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate II in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute.

Application Process

All applicants must:

  • Read the Course Information above and ensure you can meet the requirements of the course before lodging an application.
  • Read the Taronga Training Institute Student Handbook prior to completing an application
  • Complete ALL questions in the online application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and cannot progress any further.
  • Read the terms and conditions below before applying - proceed to apply only if you agree and can comply with the conditions.

During the online application process you will be required to upload the following documents/provide the following information:

  • If you have completed any of the Units of Competency that make up the Certificate II in Animal Studies, as offered by Taronga Training Institute, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer. Applicants are requested to provide electronic copies of Student Transcripts or Records of Results as evidence that Units have previously been completed. Electronic copies of this information should be gathered prior to commencing your online application as you are requested to submit the documentation during the application process.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) - This can be obtained during the enrolment process if you do not currently have a USI.

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only.

  • To apply for ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies applicants will need to complete the online application during the application opening period.

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Copy of your photo I.D.

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